Hard Target

Hard Target

by Pamela Clare

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A life debt...

Derek Tower has spent his life at war, first as a Green Beret and then as the owner of a private military company, Cobra International Security. When a high-ranking US senator asks Cobra to protect his daughter, a midwife volunteering in Afghanistan, Derek's gut tells him to turn the senator down. The last thing he wants to do is babysit an aid worker. But Jenna isn't just another assignment. She's also the younger sister of his best friend, the man who died taking bullets meant for him. There's no way Derek can refuse.

An inescapable attraction...

Jenna Hamilton doesn't need a bodyguard, especially not one hired by her intrusive and controlling father. She knew the risks when she signed on to work in rural Afghanistan, and the hospital already has armed security. She also doesn't need the distraction of a big, brooding operative skulking about, even if he is her late brother's best friend—and sexy as hell. As far as she's concerned, he can pack up his Humvee and drive into the sunset. And, no, nothing her hormones have to say about him will change her mind.

A merciless enemy...

From the moment his boots hit the ground in Afghanistan, Derek does his best to win Jenna over, posing as her brother so the two of them can spend time alone. Except that what he feels for her is anything but brotherly. Stolen moments lead to secret kisses—and an undeniable sexual attraction that shakes them both to the core. But events have been set into motion that they cannot escape. When a ruthless warlord sets his sights on Jenna, Derek will do whatever it takes to keep her safe, even if it costs him his heart—or his life.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940161206690
Publisher: Pamela Clare
Publication date: 04/25/2019
Series: Cobra Elite , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 8,344
File size: 565 KB

About the Author

USA Today best-selling author Pamela Clare began her writing career as a columnist and investigative reporter and eventually became the first woman editor-in-chief of two different newspapers. Along the way, she and her team won numerous state and national honors, including the National Journalism Award for Public Service. In 2011, Clare was awarded the Keeper of the Flame Lifetime Achievement Award for her body of work. A single mother with two sons, she writes historical and contemporary romance and romantic suspense at the foot of the beautiful Rocky Mountains. Visit her website and join her mailing list at www.pamelaclare.com.

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Hard Target 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Dalitza 14 days ago
Pamela Clare launches her Cobra Elite series with “Hard Target,” a thrilling, fast-paced romance between battle-hardened private black-ops company owner and a volunteer midwife. Watching over a US senator’s daughter in Afghanistan isn’t Derek Tower’s normal job assignment, but Jenna Hamilton is no ordinary aid worker. She’s the younger sister of man who died while saving his life and now he’ll do anything to keep her safe. Jenna knew the dangers of doing volunteer work in Afghanistan. She doesn’t want or need the bodyguard hired by her controlling father even if he is drop dead gorgeous in a brooding kind of way. But when she finds herself in an increasingly dangerous situation, she must trust Derek with her life. Clare pens a high octane story full of twists highlighted by the sexy romance that feels absolutely real with a well-researched backdrop. Nail biting moments take the reader on a steamy and intensely thrilling ride. Derek and Jenna may seem completely incompatible, but in the spellbinding suspense their romance makes perfect sense. Derek and Jenna are wonderful characters with an obvious attraction. Derek is the quintessential alpha male. He’s bossy, cocky, protective and loyal while Jenna is passionate and caring. I loved catching up with Laura and Javier from Striking Distance and other couples from Pamela’s I-Team series and can’t wait to read more about the new characters introduced in this hooking page-turner. Hard Target is book #1 of the Cobra Elite series by Pamela Clare. It is a standalone, romantic suspense, told from both points of view, and has a happy ending.
In_My_Humble_OpinionDA 24 days ago
Hard Target is the first in a gritty new series by Pamela Clare. This story takes us to Afghanistan and a young midwife who is trying to help the (very) young mothers in the new reality of the women in Afghanistan. Sent to try and convince her to leave Derek Tower CEO of Cobra Elite is prepared for every contingency but her. His best friends little sister is all grown up and stubborn as the day is long. But when danger comes she knows she can count on him to keep her safe. This is romantic suspense at its finest. I really look forward to future installments of this series.
ytcruz 26 days ago
I have to confess that it had been years since I last read a book by this talented author. A mistake I will not do again! This story was awesome. It’s a spin off from one of her previous series, but if like me you have not read them, no worries since it was definitely a stand alone. The story centers around Derek Tower and Jenna Hamilton. Derek, a former Green Beret is now owner of a military security company with bases around the world. When he gets a call from Senator Hamilton to go and get his daughter back from Afghanistan , he is torn. Jenna’s brother died saving Derek. Jenna ,a midwife , has signed up to assist Afghani women during labor and educate them as well. When they meet the attraction is immediate, but he is there to take her home, and is posing as her brother in a world where women are second and third class citizens. From that moment on , the plot thickens. A plot filled with action, bad guys, hunky good guys, unknown danger and of course romance. We have 2 individuals whose upbringing couldn’t be more different. Your heart will break for Derek , while Jenna’s heartaches have not been due to abandonment, she too has suffered . A story that will touch your hearts and keep you hoping for a happy ending. But Derek is willing to die for Jenna and the enemy has no mercy. Looking forward to what else the author has in store for us in this series. I was entrusted a copy of this book by Netgalley. The opinions expressed are solely my own.
PatriciaWhite 27 days ago
Derek the owner of Cobra Security is called in to get the sister of the man who saved his life.Jenna is a midwife helping women in a unstable country. This is a great start to a new series. The action is super intense,the sex scenes are steamy and the story will leave you wanting more.All our favorite I Team members make a brief appearance. Keep up the awesome work Ms. Clare we are eagerly awaiting the next book! Advanced Reader Copy (ARC) provided by the Publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an fair and honest review.
Lorizen 14 hours ago
Great start to a new series! The story focuses on Derek who gets bullied into taking on the task of roping a Senator's daughter who is a midwife and in Iraq teaching the local women about midwifery and also serving the local population who would otherwise not get care. Jenna refuses to obey her nasty jerk of a father and as Derek bides his time living in the compound where the clinic she works in begins to see what and how the customs work with women and their persona non grata status since the Taliban rule. Derek is well versed in the area since his wartime service placed him in the same arenas. This story is an insightful perspective into that life and those roles and traditions that are held fast. Much of the book is spent in depth surrounding that and the relationship that unfolds between Jenna and Derek. The action doesn't heat up until the later portion of the book, but when it does it sets the book ablaze! I love great action stories and this one didn't disappoint in that aspect. The characters were well written with depth and the chemistry between them was real and believable. We meet other characters from the team, who I look forward to seeing in future Cobra Elite books! All in all a great read.
Anonymous 8 days ago
Another great book by Ms. Clare. This is the first in a new series featuring Cobra Security. Derrick, the co-owner of Cobra, is hired by a senator to guard his daughter who is in Afghanistan working as a midwife. He’s also supposed to convince her to return to the states. Derrick feels he has to do this because she is the sister of his best friend who died taking a bullet meant for him. After I finished this book, I had to go back and reread Striking Distance, a book from an earlier series, where Cobra Security and Derrick are introduced.
Book_loaning_Teach 14 days ago
This was an amazing start to a new series that is now on my automatic buy list. The characters were amazing. The story had me on the edge of my seat from the beginning. I loved getting to see some old friends, but I loved meeting all these new characters. Derek Tower is an amazing hero, who wants to protect but not control. Jenna is a great heroine, who is working for an important cause that she believes in. It makes for a great story by itself, and you add in the setting, the suspense, & the romance, This was a book I could not put down. I cannot wait for the next in the series.
Anonymous 15 days ago
Sandy-thereadingcafe 18 days ago
4.25 stars--HARD TARGET is the first instalment in Pamela Clare’s contemporary, adult COBRA ELITE romantic, military suspense series focusing on the men and women who work for the Black Ops Company known as Cobra International Security. This is Cobra owner and Green Beret Derek Tower, and thirty-year old, nurse/midwife Jenna Hamilton’s story line. COBRA ELITE is a spin-off from the author’s I-Team Series. Several characters cross-over for familiarity and back story including Holly and Nick, and Javier’“Cobra’ and Laura. Told from dual third person perspectives (Derek and Jenna) HARD TARGET followed Cobra International Security owner Derek Tower as he is hired to retrieve US Senator Hamilton’s daughter from a compound in Afghanistan. Jenna Hamilton is a midwife who is contracted to work with, and help the women struggling in the Balkh Province of Afghanistan, which is currently under the protection of a warlord turned politician. What ensue is the battle to protect Jenna from an unknown enemy, and the building relationship between Derek and our story line heroine. Years earlier Green Beret James Hamilton lost his life protecting our story line hero Derek Tower, now it was his turn to pay back the family by rescuing the woman with whom he would fall in love. Things go from bad to worse when Jenna refuses Derek’s offer to return back to the States, as she struggles with the religious beliefs of a country not known for protecting their own. Several attempts to kidnap our will eventually be successful but in doing so Derek’s man will risk their lives for the woman he loves. The relationship between Derek and Jenna begins as a forbidden romance in a country where women are treated like trash. As Derek goes undercover as Jenna’s brother, their secret will come to the forefront threatening everyone including our story line couple. The $ex scenes are intimate, erotic and intense, without the use of over the top, sexually graphic language and text. There is a large ensemble cast of secondary and supporting characters including numerous men and women who work for Cobra International Security; several midwives in training in the Afghanistan compound, along with the security and soldiers; as well as Jenna’s father Senator Hamilton. The requisite evil has many faces. HARD TARGET is a fast paced story line with a copious amount of technical detail and military jargon, researched geographical locations and destinations, as well as the threats against the women living and working in the Middle East. The premise is intriguing, engaging and edgy; the romance is seductive and captivating; the characters are energetic and inspiring. HARD TARGET is an action packed story that pays homage to the women who suffer to protect the lives of others.
MBurton 22 days ago
What a fantastic read! 75% of Hard Target is set in Afghanistan where our heroine, Jenna is volunteering to work as a Midwife as well as training the women of Afghanistan. When her father finds out, he calls up our hero, Derek to bully him into bringing her back home where it's safe. This read was a bit of an eye opener. I was pretty fascinated to read the struggles Jenna had to teach the women of Afghanistan about their bodies and how to help prevent needless deaths in pregnancy. She willingly took risks to help these women who have so few rights. It's not an easy thing to read about. Derek was just as compelling in this book. He's one of my favorite heroes. The way he navigated the shaky ground he and Jenna were on as Americans, and the way he was willing to protect Jenna with his life. You really can't help but fall for this guy. I think I can officially say I am a fan of Pamela Clare. She has a way of capturing my attention from the first chapter to the last. I've also learned to read her acknowledgements and author notes first because it really shows she takes a lot of time to do the proper research for her books. We meet some great side characters in Hard Target. I can't wait to learn more about them in their own books.
DebbyNY 23 days ago
And she has done it again! Yahoo!! This is the first book in a new series. It is a spin off of her amazing I-Team series (a must read if you haven’t yet!). It is action packed from beginning to end... and truly brought me to the other side of the world... seeing things from a different perspective.. grabbing my heart.. lots of interesting bad guys and edge of your seat danger. :) I couldn’t put it down and raced through it in one sitting!
paytonpuppy 26 days ago
Derek Tower and his partner, Javier Corbray, own Cobra International Security. They take on sensitive missions as well as others that the government can’t. Derek has been ordered by Senator Hamilton to bring his daughter, Jenna, home from Afghanistan…whether she wants to come home or not. Jenna is six months in to a two-year assignment to instruct the locals in prenatal care due to the high death rate for both mothers and babies. Derek insists he will encourage Jenna to come home, due to the danger for midwives in the country, but he will not force her to return to the United States. When Jenna’s actions cause a minor upset at the hospital, Derek smooths things over, but he knows that danger is headed their way. A wealthy warlord, who approved Jenna’s mission, may have changed his mind and Derek needs to get Jenna out of the country. Has Jenna’s relationship as the daughter of a Senator who sits on the Armed Services Committee, increased the risk to her safety? Derek and Jenna share an amazing attraction and he knows he must keep her safe for her benefit as well as his own. A thrilling beginning to a spin-off of the I Team series. I received an advance review copy at no cost and without obligation for an honest review. (by paytonpuppy)
Anonymous 14 days ago
Did not finish. Jenna's intent was noble but unrealistic considering the backward culture.